MOWER COUNTY GENEALOGY: Obituaries

 

Mower County Obituaries
Part 229

 

 

Marla Mary Greeley Gazes

1934-2013

Marla Mary Greeley Gazes, 78, of 99 Skyline Circle went peacefully in her sleep to join her beloved husband of 56 years, the late Sam Louis Gazes, at Aprilís Villa of Reno, Nevada.

Marla Mary Gazes was born on May 23, 1934, in Austin, Minn., to Fred Peter and Irene Grace (Schneider) Greeley. Marla met Sam Louis Gazes, the love of her life, at the Historic Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. They married on June 12, 1955, in Mason City, Iowa.

Marla and Sam relocated to California in 1956 where they established the "Sam's Burger's" restaurant chain in the San Francisco Bay Area. "Sam's Burger's" continues to be a well known restaurant chain and is owned and operated by their grandson and husbandís namesake Sam Louis Gazes.

Marla was a member of the Greek Orthodox Church in Oakland, California, Mason City and Reno.

Survivors include one son, Louis Sam Gazes and daughter-in-law Roxanne Gazes of Reno; daughters Costadena Irene Gazes of San Leandro, Calif., Eleni Lou Moreno and son-in-law Benjamin Moreno of San Diego, Calif.; grandchildren Sam Louis Gazes, her husband's namesake and his wife Heather Anne Gazes of Alameda, Calif.; granddaughters Rachel Renee Gazes of Reno, Amber Irene Gazes, Elina and Eilie Moreno of San Diego; great-grandchildren, Elias Sam Gazes, Brooklyn Anne Gazes, Lexi Julie Gazes of Alameda California and Gabriel Romeo Gazes of Reno; sister Gale Schneider of Austin; and many other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred Peter and Irene Grace (Schneider) Greeley; brother John P. Greeley; sister Yvonne Harrison; and grandson Joseph William Gazes of Reno.

Visitation will be after 6 p.m. at Mountain View Mortuary, 425 Stoker Ave., Reno on Thursday, April 4, where a Trisagion Prayer Service will be held at 7 p.m. A funeral ceremony will be held at Saint Anthony Greek Orthodox Church, 4795 Lakeside Drive, Reno on Friday, April 5, at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery in Reno. Officiating will be the Rev. Father Stephen Karcher and the Rev. Father George Bratiotis. May her memory be eternal.

Austin Daily Herald
April 3, 2013

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Irene Carole (Wood) Schulz

1942-2013

After a long and painful illness, Irene Carole Schulz, 70, of Austin, Minn., passed away Sunday evening, March 31, 2013, surrounded by love, at her home in Austin.

Irene was born May 20, 1942, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Charles and Carrie (Vermedahl) Wood. She attended school in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, graduating with the class of 1960. On September 10, 1960, Irene was united in marriage to Victor E. Schulz at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church of Rural Austin. The couple made their home in the Austin area and when all of their children were in school all day, Irene went to work at St. Marks Lutheran Home. Irene was employed at St. Marks for 35 years.

She worked as a nursing assistant, the baker and lastly as the receptionist until retirement. Irene enjoyed spending time with her family, especially when all of the siblings, nieces and nephews could gather together. She loved babysitting her grandchildren. She enjoyed sewing and quilting and especially loved to cook and bake. She was well known by all for her wonderful buns and cookies.

Survivors include three children, Sue (Wayne) Diez, Jane (Brad) Amdahl and Tom Schulz, all of Austin; daughter-in-law, Debbie Schulz of Austin; seven grandchildren, Sarah (Jamie) Johnson, Erica Diez, Brad (Maddy) Diez, Sam Schulz, Ben Schulz, Marty Amdahl, Brody Amdahl; two great-grandchildren, Emma Jean Diez and Chasidy Sue Johnson; sister, Iva (Bruce) Kruckeberg of Sioux Falls, S.D.; brothers, Paul (Karen Kinney) Wood of Austin, John (Julie) Wood of Austin; sisters-in-law, Lorraine Fahrman of Rochester, Helen Wassel of Rochester, Arlene (Dick) Greenthaner of Killeen, Texas; and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor; son, Michael; parents, Charles and Carrie Wood; brother, Dean Wood; sister-in-law Avis Wood; mother- and father-in-law Ernest and Elsie Schulz; brothers-in-law Jack Wassel and Lowell Fahrman.

Honorary pallbearers are her grandchildren Sarah and Jamie, Erica, Brad and Maddy, Sam, Ben, Marty and Brody.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 4, 2013, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with the Todd Portinga, AiM officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary and at the church for one hour before the service on Thursday.

Austin Daily Herald
April 2, 2013

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Marvin Henry Persoon

c1953-2012

Funeral notice: Marvin Henry Persoon, 59, Austin

Marvin Henry Persoon, 59, of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, December 27, 2012, at the Adams Healthcare Center.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Oakwood Cemetery.

Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Austin Daily Herald
April 2, 2013

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Albert Joseph Reis

1918-2013

Albert Joseph "Al" Reis, 95, of rural Sargeant, Minnesota, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 23, 2013, at his home with his wife, Luthera; daughter, Jeanne; and son, Jerry by his side.

Albert was born January 7, 1918, in Pocahontas County, Iowa, to Leo and Mary (Murphy) Reis. He attended country school in Pocahontas County, Iowa. He graduated from Sioux City Barber School, Sioux City, Iowa. He farmed near Varina, Iowa, until 1950, when he moved to his current farm near Sargeant.

Albert married Luthera M. Subbert on Jan. 7, 1947, in Storm Lake, Iowa. The couple were happily married for 66 years. They had two children: a daughter, Norma Jean (Jeanne), and son, Jerry Alan.

He enjoyed farming. Even after retiring from farming, he continued to farm in his heart. He was known to be able to fix nearly anything. He loved to hunt and fish. He spent many summers at Roberts Lake and Lake Tetonka near Waterville, Minnesota. During the winter months he was a "snowbird," spending his winters at his home in Mesa, Arizona. He enjoyed the roses grown in Mesa by Luthera. Because of failing health, the winter of 2011-2012 was his last winter in Mesa.

Al loved his friends and family dearly, and they loved him and his Irish humor. Albert was known as "Papa" to his grand and great-grandchildren. He would patiently let them "style" his hair, a memory they all share. He loved to tease them and make silly faces and make them laugh. The past few years, Albert suffered much pain. Despite the pain, he always had the biggest smile for his family, doctors, nurses and caregivers. His smile will not be forgotten.

Al is survived by his wife, Luthera; daughter, Jeanne Reis-Voeltz, Pine Island, Minnesota; son, Jerry Reis, Sargeant; grandchildren, Kimberly (Voeltz) Pechman, Lakewood, Colo.; Elisa Voeltz (Craig Bruske), Pine Island; Amanda Voeltz (Chris Carskadon), Pine Island; Nicole Larson (Brian Whittlef) Faribault, Minnesota; Danielle Reis, Northfield, Minnesota; Erin Reis, Eden Prairie, Minnesota; great-grandchildren, Adam Pechman, Neva Voeltz, Haylee Bruske, Taren Burkhart-Voeltz, Isabelle Burkhart-Voeltz, Paige Larson, Chase Larson and Brayden Reis; sister, Clarice Bunda, Pocahontas, Iowa; brothers-in-law, Ivan Subbert, Waltham; Harold Reigelsberger, Humboldt, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Bernadine Reis, Pocahontas; Helen Reis, Fonda, Iowa; Ruth Reis, Pocahontas; many nieces and nephews; and daughter-in-law Kim Reis, Northfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Mary Murphy Reis; brothers, Leonard, Leon and Raymond; sisters, Jean Reigelsberger; Mary Rose Wolf; two infant brothers; one granddaughter, Cathy Ann Voeltz and Richard Voeltz.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 150 Second St. NE in Hayfield with the Rev. Steven Peterson celebrating. Albert will be laid to rest at Fairview Cemetery in Hayfield.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. with Rosary at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2013, at Czaplewski Family Funeral Home, 501 Second St. NW, Hayfield, Minnesota, and at the church from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Austin Daily Herald
April 2, 2013

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Mary Elizabeth "Marie" Kreitinger

1915-2013

Pending notice: Mary E. Kreitinger, 98, Adams

Mary E. (Marie) Kreitinger, 98, of Adams, Minnesota, died Monday, April 1, 2013, at the Adams Healthcare Center. Arrangements are pending with the Adams Funeral Home.

Austin Daily Herald
April 2, 2013


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Mary "Marie" Elizabeth (Kiefer) Kreitinger

(February 11, 1915 - April 1, 2013)

Mary (Marie) Kreitinger, 98, died Monday, April 1, 2013 at the Adams Health Care Center, Adams, Minnesota.

Marie was born Mary Elizabeth Kiefer on February 11, 1915 near Adams, Minnesota the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Sable) Kiefer. She attended Sacred Heart Catholic School and graduated from Elkton High School. Marie was employed as the Kitchen supervisor and head baker for the Bismarck, North Dakota public schools. After her husband Leo Kreitinger's death in 1983, Marie moved to Winter Haven, Florida, to be near her daughter.

Marie had been a member of St. Maryís Catholic Church in Bismarck, North Dakota, and St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Winter Haven, Florida. She was an avid quilter and enjoyed traveling and doing crafts. Marie was also active with the Lions and Eagles clubs. She returned to Adams in December of 2012 to be near family members.

Marie was preceded in death by her husbands, daughter Marilyn, son James, a grandson and sisters and brothers, Celeste, Ange, Bernice, Roy, Frederich, Bill, Vernon, Veronica and Paul.

She is survived by a daughter: Mary Kirtley, Saratoga, California; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; sister: Kathryn Schmidt, Austin, Minnesota; sister-in-law: Priscilla Kiefer, Adams, Minnesota; nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Adams, Minnesota, with Father LaVerne Trocinski officiating. Interment will take place at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Bismarck, North Dakota, at a later date. Visitation will be at the church for one hour before the service. The Adams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Clasen-Jordan funeral Home website
(Adams Funeral Home)
April 4, 2013

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Edith G. Morey

1925-2013

Pending notice: Edith Morey, 87, Austin.

Edith Morey, 87, of Austin, Minnesota, died Monday, April 1, 2013, at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center in Austin.

Services are pending with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

Austin Daily Herald
April 2, 2013


Edith G. Morey

Edith G. Morey, 87, of Austin, Minnesota, died Monday, April 1, 2013, at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center in Austin.

Edith was born August 16, 1925, in Doland, South Dakota. After graduating from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, Edith moved to Austin. She was employed as a teacher for Austin Public Schools until her retirement. Edith was a world traveler. She went to England and all over the United States.

Edith is survived by nieces and nephews, and was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2013, in the chapel at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center with Chaplin Theresa Turnbull officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Sioux City, Iowa. Memorials are preferred to Comforcare Good Samaritan Center. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

Austin Daily Herald
April 4, 2013

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Eugene William "Gene" Korfhage

1930-2013

Eugene William "Gene" Korfhage, 82, died Friday, March 29, 2013, at his home.

Gene was born September 23, 1930, in Austin, Minnesota, to Earl Wesley and Rae Sabrina (Irvine) Korfhage. He knew the Lord as his Savior as a young man, was baptized at First Baptist and served as a trustee at Grace Baptist Church. Geneís faith and family were his life's priorities.

After attending Franklin Grade School kindergarten together with their teacher "Miss Beach," the Lord brought them back together a decade and a half later. Gene married Lonapearl Christopherson on June 16, 1952, at First Baptist Church, the Rev. Leo Sandgren Sr. presiding. The life time commitment was celebrated this year with their 60th wedding anniversary.

Gene graduated from Austin High School in 1948 and went to work for the Geo. A. Hormel Co. After being drafted and proudly serving his country as a corporal in the U.S. Army in occupied Germany during the Korean War from 1952-1954, Gene returned to Hormel for a career spanning 44 years as both a plant worker and foreman. Gene was a very proud and loyal Hormel Man. After retirement Gene and Lonapearl enjoyed 20 years, including a European Reformation History tour, Caribbean cruises, multiple bus tours of Washington D.C. , New York City, the East Coast and Branson, Mo., as well as time with friends and family.

Gene and Lonapearl raised four children, Frantz Irvine, Jason Mentor, Tyler Arndt and Jayda Leone. Memories include many trailer camping trips, fishing outings, Sunday afternoon walks exploring woods, Saturday morning breakfast and shopping excursions, and countless car trips to "see what's over the next hill."

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Margaret Baker and Dorothy Roseth and a baby brother.

Survivors include his loving wife Lonapearl; sons, Frantz Korfhage (Sally Hardy), Austin, Jason (Sue) Korfhage, Austin, Tyler (Terri) Korfhage, Grand Rapids, Mich.; daughter Jayda (Eric) Wood, Austin; grandchildren, Jarrett, Peter, Channi, Levi, Austin, Ashleigh, Chase, Dakota, Alayna, Logan, Alexa and Braeden; great-grandchildren, Banning, Bo, Claire and Warren; nieces and nephews.

The family gives a heartfelt thanks to Dr. Carole Warnes of Rochester, Minn., a special friend and caregiver of 26 years.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Faith Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Mike Sager officiating. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, Oakland, Minn., with Austin Post No. 91 American Legion and Olaf B. Damm Post No. 1216 Veterans of Foreign Wars in charge of military rites. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary and at the church for one hour before the service on Saturday. Memorials are encouraged to the Hollandale Christian School.

Austin Daily Herald - April 3, 2013

Clasen-jordan Funeral Home website
April 3, 2013

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Phyllis A. Hanson

1926-2013

#1:

Pending notice: Phyllis A. Hanson, 87

Phyllis A. Hanson, 87, of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea.

Arrangements are pending with Clasen-Jordan Mortuary.

Austin Daily Herald
April 3, 2013


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(January 26, 1926 - April 2, 2013)

Phyllis A. Hanson, age 87, of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

Phyllis was born on January 26, 1926 in Dover, Minnesota, to John and Ethel (Foreman) Gardner. She attended school in Chatfield, Minnesota and married Wilbur Hanson on April 24, 1948.

Phyllis was a life long member of Austin's Christ Episcopal Church and a member of the Austin Eagles Womenís Auxiliary.

Gardening and fishing were her passions. She also enjoyed long leisurely country drives with the occasional stop at local casinos.

She was preceded in death by her husband Wilbur, sons Odin and John and five brothers.

Phyllis is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Gerald and Annie Hanson, Albert Lea, Minnesota; grandchildren: Derrick Ableman, New York City, NY; Jillayne Raetz, New Richland, Minnesota; great grandson: Eustice Raetz; sisters-in-law: Helen Finley, Rochester, Minnesota; Audrey Arens, Wichita Falls, Texas; Lola Gardner, Rochester, Minnesota; nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with the Reverend Alice Applequist officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary from 9:30am-10:30am.

Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home website
April 4, 2013

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Elizabeth D. Taylor

1917-2013

#1:

Pending notice: Elizabeth D. "Bea" Taylor, 95, Lyle, Minnesota.

Elizabeth D. "Bea" Taylor, 95, of Lyle, Minnesota, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Adams Health Care Center in Adams, Minnesota.

Services are pending with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

Austin Daily Herald
April 4, 2013


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Elizabeth D. "Bea" (Weber, Anderson) Taylor 1917-2013

Elizabeth D. "Bea" Taylor, age 95 of Lyle, Minnesota, died Wednesday, April 03, 2013 at Adams Health Care Center in Adams, Minnesota.

Elizabeth Dorothy Weber was born July 16, 1917 on the family farm in Grandview Township near Dickey, North Dakota, to John and Mary (Schmitz) Weber. She attended Marion High School in Marion, North Dakota, graduating with the class of 1934. On June 29, 1940, Elizabeth married Russell C. Anderson. They later divorced. Russell passed away in September 1978. On July 16, 1976, Elizabeth was united in marriage to Louis Laverne Taylor. Their marriage was blessed at Queen of Peace Church in Lyle, Minnesota, on March 23, 1980.

Elizabeth started and owned several businesses between 1957 and 1990, including Bea's Cafe, The Copper Kettle, Taylor's Place, and Old Home Place. A member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Lyle, Bea belonged to the Rosary Society, the Woodbury Willing Workers, and the American Legion Auxiliary. She loved to make dolls and work on crafts.

Survivors include her husband Louis "Tip" Taylor of Lyle; her children Sharon (Herb) Doll of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Nola Stahl of Lyle, Minnesota, Dana Perkins of Buffalo, Minnesota, Dave (Carmel) Taylor of Austin, Mike (Dawn) Taylor of Lyle, daughter-in-law Jane Taylor of Austin; 13 grandchildren Lisa (John) Hartke of Fort Montgomery, NY, Jennifer Doll of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Aimee (Devon) Morrill of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Mitchell Magenot of Borger, Texas, Teresa Speer of the Twin Cities, Kim Speer of Forest Lake, Minnesota, Todd Perkins of Delano, Minnesota, Aaron Perkins of Buffalo, Minnesota, Terri (Dennis) Zwiener of Blooming Prairie, Todd Taylor of Clarks Grove, Jeremy (Leah) Taylor of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, Chris Taylor of Shakopee, and Aaron Crews of Austin; 21 great grandchildren; 24 great great grandchildren; many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents John and Mary Weber; eight brothers: Norbert, Floyd, Ryan, Will, Ervin, Cliff, Art, and Ralph Weber; two sisters Mildred Bakke and Darlene Calkins; step-son Rodney Taylor.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2013 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Lyle, Minnesota, with Father Thomas Loomis officiating. Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Interment will be in Woodbury Cemetery, Lyle. Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

Worlein Funeral Home website
April 4, 2013

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Ruth (Tucker) Medina

1938-2013

Ruth Medina (nee Tucker), 74, loving mother, sister and friend, passed away on April 1, 2013, surrounded by her family.

Ruth was born August 6, 1938, and raised in Dexter, Minnesota, the eldest of five children. After graduating high school, she entered into the profession of nursing, first in Rochester, then in Minneapolis. She met and married her husband Ambrose, and they began their lives across from Mt. Sinai Hospital. They moved to the Phillipines for two years before returning back to Minnesota.

They settled in their home for more than 40 years on Kenwood Parkway and raised their children surrounded by wonderful neighbors and friends. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, attending school events, traveling and meeting new people. She was proud of her nursing career and enjoyed taking continuing education courses well after retiring from her profession. Above all, she loved her family and made certain that everyone who entered her home was welcomed and well fed. She touched the lives of many people and her absence will be profound.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Loretta Tucker; husband, Dr. Ambrosio Medina; and an infant son.

Her legacy continues in her children, Anita (Peter) Tomascak, Teresa (William Wimmer) Medina, Dr. Angela (Tom Holm) Medina, A. Thomas (Susan) Medina and Joseph (Jenny) Medina; grandchildren, Peter, Amelia, Christopher, Cullen, Anna, Grace, Thomas and Madeline; siblings, Lawrence (Donna) Tucker, Harold (Pat) Tucker, Marilyn Tucker and Raymond Tucker; and aunts and many nieces.

The family would like to extend its thanks to the caring staff at Sunrise Golden Living, especially Tasha, for their great kindness over the past few years. Thanks also to the Park Nicollet Hospice Program for its support these past few months.

Visitation will be Friday, April 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. at the Basilica of St. Mary, at the intersection of Hennepin Avenue and 17th Street in Minneapolis. Interment will take place at Lakewood Cemetery.

Austin Daily Herald
April 4, 2013

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Julia May Koenigs

1907-2013

#1:

Pending notice: Julia May Koenigs, 105

Julia May Koenigs, 105 died Wednesday April 3, 2013, at the Stacyville Community Nursing Home. Arrangements are pending with the Adams Funeral Home, Adams, Minn.

Austin Daily Herald
April 4, 2013


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Julia Martha (May) Koenigs 1907-2013 (November 2, 1907 - April 3, 2013)

Julia Koenigs passed from this life to her eternal glory on April 3, 2013 at the Stacyville Community Nursing Home, Stacyville, Iowa.

Julia Martha May was born November 2, 1907, in Meyer, Iowa, the eldest of eight children of John P. and Margaret (Hackenmiller) May. She was baptized at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Meyer and attended Sacred Heart School through grade 8. From age 12, she helped raise her seven brothers on the family farm. She appreciated growing up in a musical family and learned to play the piano as a child, even playing in her fatherís band. A special memory was a surprise party for her 21st birthday, when she got a watch from her dad. During her 20s, she worked at St. Maryís Hospital in Rochester and in 1933 went to Chicago for work as a nanny.

On June 25, 1940 she married Joseph C. Koenigs at Sacred Heart Church in Meyer. They farmed between Meyer and Adams and raised a family of six children. Julia loved gardening, especially her tomatoes, strawberries, and raspberries. She actively participated in Sacred Heart Parish. Joe and Julia were good friends and neighbors in the Meyer community and loved to play cards and go to the many wedding dances at the Adams Legion and the Terp Ballroom in Austin. They retired in Adams in 1980 and became members of Sacred Heart parish there. Joe died in 1998. Julia continued to live independently in her home until age 102. She considered her friend JoAnn Heimer her guardian angel for helping her be able to stay living so long in her own home.

In 2010 she moved to the Stacyville Community Nursing Home, where she appreciated the residents and staff, weekly Mass, social activities, and the many visits with her family and friends from Meyer, Adams, and Stacyville. She also loved to read, and as her eyesight failed in recent years, she said that was the hardest thing to give up. Julia credited her long life to faith, prayer, and the love of family, her nieces and nephews, and her many friends. Her greatest devotion was to the Blessed Mother, and she prayed five rosaries each day. Her prayer books were always at her side.

Through the years, her favorite times were those she spent with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, her brothers and their families, Joeís family, and neighbors and friends, especially at Christmastime. Always there were boisterous card games, and even this past Christmas she played euchre with the grandchildren.

Julia is survived by two daughters: Margaret Ann (Bruce) Eggenberger and Dorothy Koenigs, both of Rochester, Minnesota; two sons: Herman Koenigs, Adams, Minnesota and Peter Koenigs, Meyer, Iowa; sons-in-law: Carl Holmgren (Sheryl), Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, and Roger Tripp, Coon Rapids, Minnesota; nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. She delighted in sharing in all of their lives, and was especially thrilled with three new great-granddaughters born in the month before her death. Also surviving is her sister-in-law: Eileen May, Colorado Springs, CO; special friend JoAnn Heimer, and many relatives and friends in places near and far. She will be dearly missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her husband Joe, daughters Trudy Holmgren and Norma Tripp, her parents, and seven brothers Bill, Ernie, Joe, Ray, Father Al May, Albert and Roman.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Oratory, Meyer, Iowa on Monday, April 8th with the Reverend Monsignor John Hemann and Father Thomas Loomis officiating. Interment will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Meyer, Iowa. Visitation will be held at the Adams Funeral Home, Adams, MN on Sunday, April 7th, from 4:00-8:00 p.m., with a rosary at 4:30 and prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will also be at the church for one hour before the service on Monday morning.

Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home website
April 4, 2013


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Julia Koenigs, 105

Julia Koenigs, 105, passed from this life to her eternal glory April 3, 2013, at the Stacyville Community Nursing Home.

Service: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Oratory, Meyer, Iowa, on Monday, April 8 with the Rev. Monsignor John Hemann and Father Thomas Loomis officiating.

Visitation: Will be held at the Adams Funeral Home, Adams, Minnesota, on Sunday, April 7, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a rosary at 4:30 p.m. and prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will also be at the church for one hour before the service on Monday morning.

Interment: Will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Meyer, Iowa.

Austin Daily Herald
April 6, 2013

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Antonia Mata-Garcia

1927-2013

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Pending notice: Antonia Garcia, 85, Austin

Antonia Garcia, 85, of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, April 4, 2013, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin. Arrangements are pending with Mayer Funeral Home.

Austin Daily Herald
April 4, 2013


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Antonia Mata-Garcia of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, April 4, 2013, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home.

Antonia was born May 10, 1927, in Childress, Texas, to Pedro Mata and Maria Andrade Mata. She grew up in Piedras Negras, Coah., Mexico and Eagle Pass, Texas. On April 10, 1950, she was united in marriage to Aurelio Martinez Garcia. They were migrant workers, finally settling in Adams, Minnesota. They moved to Austin in 1969 to raise their family.

Antonia loved to cook, bake and was an active member of the St. Augustine Rosary Council. She had many talents such as crocheting, quilting, ceramics, upholstery, and making piŮatas and her popular paper flowers. She was very active in the Hispanic Catholic Community and started the Spanish Ministry in Southern Minnesota. Antonia was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband Aurelio "Joe" Garcia.

She is survived by daughters, Dolores (Greg) Ansley of Covington, Georgia and Heidi Velasquez of Austin; granddaughters, Vanessa Garcia of Austin, Celleny Garcia of Austin and Martina Garcia of Mountain Lake, Minn.; grandsons, Jason Ansley of Columbus, Ga., Shiloh Garcia of St. Paul, Minn.; great-grandsons JJ Sandoval of Austin, Cruz Garcia of Austin and Avery Garcia of Austin; brother Guillermo Mata of Houston, Texas; sister Rumalda Cardenas of Houston and Ramona Jimenez of Douglas, Ariz.; also many nieces and nephews. She will be sadly missed and loved by her family and friends.

A funeral Mass for Antonia Garcia will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin at 11 a.m. with Father Dale Tupper officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday evening at Mayer Funeral Home from 4 until 7 p.m. with a rosary at 4 p.m. and a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. There will also be visitation at the church one half hour prior to the Mass. Condolences may be left for the family at www.mayerfh.com

Austin Daily Herald
April 8, 2013

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Irene Marcella (Zwiener) Wakefield

1919-2013

Irene Marcella (Zwiener) Wakefield, 93, passed away at Prairie Manor Care Center in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Irene was born October 9, 1919, in Blooming Prairie to Frank Zwiener and Hansena Mayland Zwiener. She was a homemaker who was an avid bowler and kitchen worker at St. Augustine Church in Austin. Irene loved square dancing and ballroom dancing. She was also a Brownie and Girl Scout leader.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents, five siblings, her husband Keith in 1992, grandson Mike Drommerhausen and granddaughter Lori Drommerhausen. She is survived by daughters, Jan Butts, Beth (Alan) Hughson, and Judy (Dick) Wozney; grandchildren, Larry (Heather) Drommerhausen, Robert Butts, Brian (Terrye) Butts, Scott (Amy) Hughson, Amy (Jason) Smith; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Austin. Condolences may be left for the family at: www.mayerfh.com. Mayer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Austin Daily Herald
April 8, 2013

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Jesse W. Ronne

1918-2013

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Pending notice: Jesse Ronne, 94, Grand Meadow

Jesse Ronne, 94, of Grand Meadow, Minnesota, died Wednesday, April 3, 2012, at Grand Meadow Health Care Center. Hindt Funeral Home, 104 Grand Ave. E, Grand Meadow, MN 55936, is in charge of arrangements.

Austin Daily Herald
April 4, 2013


#2:

Jesse Woodrow Ronne, age 94, of Grand Meadow, Minnesota, passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Grand Meadow Care Center in Grand Meadow.

Jesse was born on October 24, 1918, in Blue Earth County to George E. and Addie Belle (Jacobs) Ronne. He attended Rush Lake Country School through the eighth grade, and then helped his parents on the farm.

On August 29, 1940, Jesse married Helen Kindler, in Mankato, Minn. They moved to their present farm in the spring of 1941. Jesse loved cattle and the horses he grew up with. He felt life on the farm was the greatest place to be.

In the year 2000, Jesse and Helen moved into Meadows Assisted Living. Jesse loved playing his button box and accordion. He was a member of several neighborhood musical groups, and in later years played at the cancer telethon. Music was always a big part of Jesseís life.

Jesse also enjoyed spending his time playing croquet and cards. Jesse and Helen enjoyed traveling, and took many trips together.

Left to mourn and forever miss him are his son, Wayne of Grand Meadow, Minnesota; daughter: Rebecca "Becky" (Jim) Bissen of of Rose Creek, Minnesota; eight grandchildren: Amy (Greg) Roberts, Tricia Branden, Andy Bissen, Brian (Katie) Bissen, Valerie (Shane) Seiferman, Darin Ronne, Jennifer (Jake Cardinal) Ronne, and Ashley (Jesse Antiporek) Ronne; four great grandchildren: Colin and Caitlin Roberts, Max and Lily Bissen, and his truest and most loyal friend, Roger Julson, they were side by side for 62 years. His is also survived by his sister, Doris Ronne nephews, Bruce (Sherri) Dowlin, and Mark (Nardi) Lehnert, and a niece, Marilyn Lehnert.

Preceding Jesse in death are his parents, wife, Helen in 2007, son, Gary, and his granddaughter, Annette Bissen, his brothers, Gene (Clara) Ronne and Floyd "Mac" (Grace) Ronne, and sisters, Ella (Louis) Johnson, Clarabelle (Lester) Pischner, and Clare Dowlin, Ardis Ronne, and one brother-in-law, Owen Jones, nephew, Robert Dowlin, and niece, Trudy Dowlin.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 8, at Grand Meadow Lutheran Church in Grand Meadow. Burial will be in Grand Meadow Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday, April 7, 2013, from 4 until 7 p.m. at Hindt Funeral Home 104 Grand Ave. E, Grand Meadow, Minnesota, and continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

Austin Daily Herald
April 6, 2013

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Lillian E. (Helle) Brady

1927-2013

Lillian E. Brady, 85 of Austin, Minnesota, died Friday, April 5, 2013, at Gianna Homes in Minnetonka, Minnesota, Arrangements are pending with Clasen-Jordan Mortuary.

Austin Daily Herald
April 5, 2013


#2:

Lillian (Helle) Brady, 85 1927-2013

Lillian Brady, 85 of Austin, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2013.

Lillian was born on May 18, 1927, near Forest City, Iowa, to Ole and Lena Helle (Turtedahl). During her childhood the family moved to a farm near Lyle. Lillian moved to Austin to attend Austin High School, graduating in 1946 and working after school, to support herself during this time. After high school, she met her husband, John D. Brady, and married in 1947. They were life-long Austin residents, both retiring from the George A. Hormel Company.

Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, John; her parents; her brothers, Melvin, Orville and Hans Helle; her sisters, Anna Benson and Minnie Scheffel; son-in-law David Meriwether; and by grandchild Gregory James Brady.

She is survived by her sister: Ruth Lukes (Sheldon); children: Steven Brady (Ann), Nancy Meriwether, Colleen Siemers (Ross) and William Brady (Teri);13 grandchildren: Charles Brady (Stephanie), John Meriwether (Danielle), Kristin Meriwether, Jamie Rice (Todd), Margaret Sleigh (Josh), Mark Brady (Lana), Ryan Meriwether (Shana), Megan Brady, William Siemers, Kaye Siemers, Jill Brady (fiance Davis), Elizabeth Siemers and Tim Siemers; five great-grandchildren: W. Brennan Brady, Dillan Meriwether, MacKenzie Brady, Hannah Sleigh, and Carter John Brady; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9, at St. John's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Thomas Ogilvie officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary and at the church for one hour before the service Tuesday morning.

In lieu of flowers, friends can send memorial donations to Gianna Homes-Sursum Corda, 4605 Fairhills Rd East, Minnetonka, MN 55345

Austin Daily Herald
April 6, 2013


Lillian Eleanor Brady

(May 18, 1927 - April 5, 2013)

Lillian Brady, 85 of Austin, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2013.

Lillian was born on May 18, 1927, near Forest City Iowa. Her parents were Ole and Lena Helle (Turtedahl). During her childhood the family moved to a farm near Lyle. Lillian moved to Austin to attend Austin High School, graduating in 1946, working after school to support herself during this time. After High School she met her future husband, John D. Brady and was married in 1947. They were life-long Austin residents, both retiring from the George A. Hormel Company. Lillian was preceded in death by her husband John, her parents, by brothers Melvin, Orville and Hans Helle, by sisters Anna Benson and Minnie Scheffel, son-in-law David Meriwether, and by grandchild Gregory James Brady.

She is survived by her sister: Ruth Lukes (Sheldon), by her children: Steven Brady (Ann), Nancy Meriwether, Colleen Siemers (Ross) and William Brady (Teri). She leaves behind 13 grandchildren: Charles Brady (Stephanie), John Meriwether (Danielle), Kristin Meriwether, Jamie Rice (Todd), Margaret Sleigh (Josh), Mark Brady (Lana), Ryan Meriwether (Shana), Megan Brady, William Siemers, Kaye Siemers, Jill Brady (fiance Davis), Elizabeth Siemers and Tim Siemers. She has five great grandchildren: W. Brennan Brady, Dillan Meriwether, MacKenzie Brady, Hannah Sleigh, and Carter John Brady.

She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, April 9th at St. Johnís Lutheran Church with the Reverend Thomas Ogilvie officiating.

Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary and at the church for one hour before the on Tuesday morning. In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorial donations to Gianna Homes- Sursum Corda, 4605 Fairhills Rd East, Minnetonka, MN 55345

Clasen Jordan Funeral Home website - April 8, 2013

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Gilbert Leo Ferguson

1918-2013

#1:

Gilbert L. Ferguson, 94, of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, April 4, 2013, at the Owatonna Care Center. Arrangements are pending with Clasen-Jordan Mortuary.

Austin Daily Herald
April 5, 2013


#2:

Gilbert Leo Ferguson, 94 c1918-2013

Gilbert Leo Ferguson, 94, of Austin, Minnesota, died at Owatonna Care Center on Thursday, April 4, 2013.

Service: A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Friday, April 12, 2013, with the Rev. Barbara Finley-Shea officiating. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery. Military rites will be by Austin Post No. 91, American Legion and Olaf B. Damm Post No. 1216, VFW.

Visitation: Visitation will be at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. and at the funeral home on Friday for one hour before the service.

Austin Daily Herald
April 6, 2013


#3:

Gilbert "Gib" Ferguson

Gilbert Leo Ferguson, 94 of Austin, died at Owatonna Care Center on Thursday, April 4, 2013. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Friday, April 12, 2013 with the Reverend Barbara Finley-Shea officiating. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery. Military rites will be by Austin Post #91, American Legion and Olaf B. Damm Post #1216, VFW. Visitation will be at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM and at the funeral home on Friday for one hour before the service.

Clasen Jordan Funeral Home website
April 8, 2013


#4:

Gilbert L. Ferguson Sr., 94, of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Owatonna Care Center, Owatonna, Minnesota.

Gilbert Leo Ferguson was born November 28, 1918, in Wonewoc, Wisconsin, to Robert and Laura (Solchenberger) Ferguson. He was the second of nine children, and he was always full of energy and intelligence. Whether he was playing with a hoop and a stick or painting his fatherís car and driving it down a dusty road while the paint was still wet, he was always busy. In 1940, Gib married Eva Davis and they had two sons, James and Vernon. Gib and Eva were later divorced. In 1966, Gilbert married Bonita (Bonnie) Hallman and together they had four children, Kevin, Todd, Julie and Gilbert Jr. (Skip). Gib and Bonita were married for 46 years before her passing in January 2012.

At the age of 15, he left the family home and came to Minnesota. After working many different jobs in and around the Austin area, sometimes for $1 a day, he was personally hired by Jay C. Hormel in 1939. He worked for Hormel Foods Corp. from 1939 to 1982, with 41 years in the mechanical division, where he was a chief A engineer, a welding steamfitter and a refrigeration mechanic. Gib was a pilot in the Army Air Force during World War II, and a member of the Civil Air Patrol following the war. At the age of 50, he went back to school and attained his GED. He worked for Austin Medical Center from 1982 to 2001 as a maintenance engineer, caring for it as if it were his own home. While working full time, he also built more than 20 homes in Austin with his brothers Ed and John, doing everything but the electrical and plaster work.

He really enjoyed working, fixing things, and spending time with his family and friends. Gib always had a hand to lend and a smile on his face. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonita; parents; brothers, Ed, John, LaVerne and Duane and sisters, Marge and Roberta.

Gib is survived by his children, James (Jeannie) Ferguson, Austin; Vernon Ferguson, Bloomington, Minnesota; Kevin (Sandy) Ferguson, Lyle, Minnesota, Todd (Tonia) Ferguson, Austin, Julie (Jason) Murphy, Austin, Gilbert Jr. "Skip" (Sara) Ferguson, Maple Island, Minnesota; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Jr. (Donna) Ferguson, Janesville, Wisconsin; sister, Leora (Chuck) Wyant, Austin; many nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2013, at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with the Rev. Barbara Finley-Shea officiating. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery. Military rites will be by Austin Post No. 91, American Legion and Olaf B. Damm Post No. 1216, VFW. Visitation will be at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. and at the funeral home on Friday for one hour before the service.

Austin Daily Herald
April 9, 2013

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Melvin Eugene Kirkpatrick

1925-2013

Melvin Eugene "Gene", "Chaunce" Kirkpatrick, 88, of Bloomington, Minnesota, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

Melvin Eugene Kirkpatrick was born on January 29, 1925, the younger of two children of Elmer and Ruby Kirkpatrick in Austin, Minnesota. He was a vibrant and energetic soul that affected everybody he met. Mel approached the world as a puzzle in need of solving; his inquisitive mind found the answers through relentless study and research to master whatever the task, whether it was the family genealogy, banjo picking, sculpture, oil painting or pursuing a new investment. Which as anyone who knew him can attest to, never left him at a loss for words -- often funny sounding, obscure and arcane words. Though unflinchingly devoted and hopelessly in love with his late wife Donna Lou "Pretzel" (Knight) he lived every day trying to be worthy of her love and was always worried that somehow he had failed her. Even after 61 years and their three children he seemed blind to the fact that she was every bit truly and deeply in love with him.

Together they were famous for co-hosting creative and entertaining parties, like a Poetry Party so epic it became front page news in the Bloomington Sun. The silly games organized by game-master Melvs at the annual Memorial Day picnic are the stuff of many a participating family's legend. Christmas parties started as just a few families gathered on Christmas Eve had grown by the early 1980's so that "Santa" Melvin and a designated elf were distributing over 100 gag gifts at a huge gathering. In addition to family and friends, it got so Mel was drafted to do these kinds of events and presentations for work presentations, and for class and Navy reunions. He did work as well for groups as diverse as the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers organization and The Newspaper Guild and with a battery of customized quizzes, stand-up bits, or doing so in character as Ben Franklin or Andy Rooney.

He worked as a special librarian his entire life taking his degree at the University of Minnesota. First, he was working in ad agencies, Brown and Bigelow and then Campbell Mithun. Later he worked at IDS in the investment library, his fecund mind churned away at seemingly insoluble problems long before the advent of the desktop computer; which he never did use, banging away on a manual typewriter up to the last day of his life. Mel was drafted in World War II and served as a radioman aboard the USS Augusta; his service years were a source of pride and many, many late night stories. The Augusta was the flagship for the Normandy Invasion and later the invasion of Southern France. The battle cruiser was also designated as a Presidential Flagship and when Truman was returning from the Potsdam Conference young Melvin hand-delivered a message from Secretary of War Stimson that the atomic bomb had been dropped over Hiroshima.

A dynamo of ebullient energy, Melvin was always at something from high school on and in suburban life; his locus became the nascent Bloomington Civic Theater. Finishing as a board member emeritus, he was president at least four times in a career with the theater that started 55 years ago. On stage or back stage, upstage or down, the roar of the grease paint and the smell of the crowd was Donna Louís only rival for his passion. His stage presence and unerring timing could hold the audience as Nathan Detroit or as Geppetto. Never one to rest he worked in other media as well completing one feature length movie for HBO called Home Town Boy Makes Good, starring Anthony Edwards (making Mel 2 degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon). As well as some local commercials and print ads.

Much to his chagrin, a headshot of Mel's became a stock photo and was used by the satirical weekly The Onion, mostly for his striking white hair. He wrapped his on-screen career with a nearly 20-year stint as co-host of the local cable access show The Time of Our Lives, geared for seniors. His career on stage extended into Alan Lotsbergís New Fogey Follies a vaudevillian-styled review that suited Melvin's musical tastes and comic style.

A lifetime so involved and devoted to his country and community does not go unrecognized and in 2005 KARE 11 so honored Melvin publically as an outstanding volunteer with their 11 Who Care Award. The Bloomington Civic Theater has named their annual outstanding volunteer award in his honor.

His parents and his wife precede him in death. His sister Blanche Einhaus; his children Tom (Melody), Susan Beth (Malcolm) Batt, John (Cindy); and seven grandchildren, a host of loving in-laws, nieces, and nephews survive him.

A celebration of this remarkable life will be held at the Bloomington Arts Center Theater, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN 55431 at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6. Reception to follow.

Austin Daily Herald
April 5, 2013

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Lowell G. Sheely

1931-2013

Lowell Gene Sheely of Dover, Minnesota, died on Sunday, March 31, at the Yuma Regional Hospital in Yuma, Arizona.

He was born July 6, 1931, in Guckeen, Minnesota, to Charles "Art" and Peryl (Davis) Sheely. Shortly after they moved to Olie, Iowa, they moved back to the Austin, Minnesota, area in 1946. He graduated from Elkton High School in 1948. Lowell worked on the Regan farm until entering the U.S. Army, serving from 1951 to 1954 during the Korean War. After retuning he worked for Kace Lumberyard in Austin.

On June 27, 1955, he married Wilma Rugg. Together they farmed near Brownsdale, Minnesota. first milking cows then raising hogs and beef cattle. In 1967 they purchased a farm near Dover, Minnesota, continuing to raise hogs, beef cattle and crops.

He was an active member for many years in NFO (serving a term as president), Minnesota Beef Council, and St. Charles Moose Lodge (serving two terms as governor), and the American Legion. Along with farming threw the years he also sold Vinton Seedcorn, Archer Oil, and Occo Feeds and a lot of custom work. And he worked for the ASCS Office/Farm Service Agency from 1980 to 1991 as a field reporter and 1992 to 1995 serving as a county committee member.

He loved fishing, farming, more fishing, bowling, planting a large garden with lots of watermelon and muskmelon, and was an avid listener to opening and closing markets. Around 2001 he shifted into retirement consisting of planting a larger than needed garden and lots of fishing for sunnies and crappies and hosting his annual fish fry for all the relatives. This was the year they began to spend their winters in Yuma, Arizona, where he enjoyed the warmer winters, the different agriculture, and the people.

Lowell is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Wilma, and their four children: Beverly (Jack) Briggs of Eyota, Gene Sheely (Deb Ward) of Byron, Minnesota, Rebecca(Becky) Sheely of Dover, Minnesota, and LouAnn (Wayne) Ellringer of Eyota, Minnesota: grandchildren, Jessica (Eric) Allen, Amanda Briggs, Jill Sheely, Jesse Halling (Nina Jacobson), Joshua Ellrnger (Amanda Sexton), Nicole Ellringer, Samuel Ellringer, Joseph Ellringer; step-grandchildren: Heather Connelly, Katie (Travis) Wiskow, Brandi (Steve) Claffy; great grandchildren: Matthew, Kourtney, Brianna, Tiffany Allen; Madyson, Lucas Johnson, Tyle, Megan Williams, Jacob, Aiden Halling; babygirl Ellringer; step-great-grandchildren: Brenna, Christian Connelly; Dante, Mason, Preston Wiskow, Abby, Jensen Claffy, Holly Sexton; three sisters: Eloise Foss, Caroline Bernard, Eleanor Johnson and two brothers, William (Bill) and Larry Sheely.

Lowell was preceded in death by his parents Art and Peryl Sheely and by one brother Laverne Sheely.

A celebration of Lowell's life will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Hoff Funeral Service in St. Charles with the Rev. Heather E. Klason officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery at Dover. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and one hour before services Tuesday at the funeral home. Please share a memory of Lowell at his on-line guestbook and view his Tribute Video when it becomes available at www.hofffuneral.com. Military graveside honors will be conducted by the Eyota American Legion.

Austin Daily Herald
April 6, 2013

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Kenneth Luverne Tyrer

1919-2013

Kenneth Luverne Tyrer, 93, passed away Wednesday, February 20, 2013.

Kenneth was born to William and Emma (Hagen) Tyrer on December 21, 1919, in Austin, Minnesota. He grew up in Austin and started working for Hormel at the age of 16, then was drafted in to the Army during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and began to work for Hormel again until he retired.

Kenneth enjoyed camping, bird watching, traveling out west, photography, model trains, wood-working, western movies and spending time with his family, friends and church community. He had a lot of pride when he could help someone out with any project. Many people admired Kenneth for the love he had for his wife of 73 years, Marietta Tyrer. Kenneth was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

Kenneth is survived by his daughter, Sharon (Gordon) Anderson, Detroit Lakes; two grandsons: Todd (Cindy) Murphy, Detroit Lakes, Troy (Mary) Murphy, Little Falls; five great-grandchildren, Nick, Blake, Kaityln, Tayler, Rylee; sister: Sandra Donavon, Tuscon, Arizona; brother-in-law Marlyn Swearingen, Owatonna, Minnesota; three step-grandchildren: Angel (Rick) Jeanes, Faribault, Minnesota, Ed (Lori) Anderson, Maple Grove, Minnesota, Jason (Dineen) Anderson, Faribault, Minnesota; 14 step-grandchildren; and two step-great-great-grandchildren.

Waiting to greet Kenneth in his new heavenly home were his wife, Marietta Tyrer; parents, William Tyrer and Emma Tyrer; sister, Dorothy Anderson; infant daughter, Susan; and stepmother, Ruth Tyrer.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with the Pastor Brett Williams officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour before the service. Memorials may be designated to Grace Baptist Church.

Austin Daily Herald
April 6, 2013

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Marietta M. (Hartley) Tyrer

1921-2013

Marietta Mae Tyrer, 91, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2013.

Marietta was born to Ross and Elvina (Julson) Hartley on March 16, 1921, in Austin, Minnesota. She grew up and received her education in Austin and graduated from Austin High School. On July 17, 1939, she was united in marriage to Kenneth Tyrer.

She will be remembered for the love she had for her family. Marietta was a wonderful cook and baker. She especially enjoyed baking cookies for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Marietta loved camping, traveling, playing board games and taking walks with her grandchildren, teaching Summer Bible School, Sunday school and working in the nursery at Church. Marietta was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She volunteered her time at the Mower County Historical Society. She loved when she was able to spend time with her family, friends and church community and she took care of each and every one of them.

Marietta is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Gordon) Anderson of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota; two grandsons, Todd (Cindy) Murphy of Detroit Lakes, Troy (Mary) Murphy of Little Falls; five great-grandchildren, Nick, Blake, Kaitlyn, Tayler, Rylee; brother-in-law, Marlyn Swearingen of Owatonna, Minnesota; sister-in-law, Sandra Donovan of Tucson, Arizona; three step-grandchildren, Angel (Rick) Jeanes of Faribault, Ed (Lori) Anderson of Maple Grove, Jason (Dineen) Anderson of Faribault; 14 step-great-grandchildren; two step-great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Ross and Elvina Hartley; brother, Vern Hartley; and infant daughter, Susan. Shortly after her passing, Marietta's sister Betty Swearingen, of Owatonna and husband of 73 years, Kenneth Tyrer, also passed to join her in their heavenly home.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with Pastor Brett Williams officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour before the service on Wednesday morning. Memorials may be designated to Grace Baptist Church.

Austin Daily Herald
April 6, 2013


Marietta Mae Tyrer

FUNERAL NOTICE--

March 16, 1921 - January 31, 2013

Marietta M. Tyrer, 91 of Austin, died Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Sacred Heart Care Center in Austin. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Source: Clasen-Jordan funeral home website, 2/6/2013

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Frances Arlene (Bird) Larson

1924-2013

#1:

Pending notice: Frances A. Larson, 88, Austin

Frances A. Larson, 88, of Austin, Minnesota, died Sunday, April 7, 2013, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home, Austin.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 12, 2013, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11 at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin.

Interment will be in Le Sueur River Lutheran Cemetery, New Richland, Minnesota.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

Austin Daily Herald
April 9, 2013


#2:

Obituary--

Frances A. Larson, age 88, of Austin, Minnesota, died Sunday, April 7, 2013 at St. Mark's Lutheran Home, Austin.

Frances Arlene Bird was born October 10, 1924 in Osage, Iowa to Omer and Inga (Hagen) Bird. She was a 1944 graduate of New Richland High School. On May 20, 1945, she married Berdin "Dean" Larson in Portsmouth, Virginia, where Dean was serving in the Marines. They were married for 64 years. Frances was an excellent homemaker, sewing clothing for her daughter and making good bread, buns, and lefse.

She loved to stay connected with people by writing letters and sending out dozens of Christmas cards. Frances was a prayerful woman, leading family prayers and her Circle meetings. A member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, she was active in WELCA and the Sunday School program. Frances also volunteered at St. Mark's Lutheran Home, St. Olaf Scandinavian Days, was a member of the YWCA "Y" Matrons, and enjoyed crafts, tole painting, and rosemaling.

Survivors include her sons Jeff (Cherri) Larson of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Paul (partner Jan Wiezorek) Larson of Chicago, Keith (Nancy) Larson of Rochester; daughter Debra (Steve) Burma of Austin; daughter-in-law Joanne (Paul) Nesse of Prescott, WI; grandchildren Amanda (Mike) Schlafke of Hayward, Wisconsin, Jesse (Jill) Burma of Lyle, Katrina (Ben) Resman of St. Paul, Chad Burma (Sara Greer) of Austin, Alicia Nesse of River Falls, Wisconsin, Sara (Adam) Schlaeger of Rochester, Corey Larson of Winona; great grandchildren Marshall Burma and Colton Burma of Lyle, Mason Schlafke of Hayward, Wisconsin; sister Rosella Peek of Bloomington, Minnesota; brother Lyle (Darlene) Bird of Freeborn; sister-in-law Lila (Bob) Evans of Peoria, Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her parents Omer and Inga Bird, her husband Berdin Larson in 2009, her son Gary Larson, and her sister Bernice McArdle.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 12, 2013 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin with Pastor Kristi Koppel officiating. Friends may call from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in Le Sueur River Lutheran Cemetery in New Richland, MN.

Memorials are preferred to St. Olaf Lutheran Church Building Fund or recipient of donor's choice. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

Worlein Funeral Home website
April 9, 2013

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Harriet Marie (Hedegard) Peterson

1921-2013

Harriet M. Peterson, 91, of Austin, Minnesota, died Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Prairie Manor Care Center in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota.

Harriet Marie Hedegard was born August 14, 1921, in Dexter, Minnesota, the daughter of Victor C. and Marjorie M. (Ramer) Hedegard. She attended school in Mower County. On October 26, 1944, she married Robert "Bob" Warren Peterson in Austin. The couple lived in Austin, where Harriet worked for Hormel Foods Corporation for more than 40 years.

Survivors include nieces and nephews Jon Torkelson of Austin, Janet Torkelson of Offalon, Mo., and Julie Torkelson. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, her husband Robert Peterson and nephew James Torkelson.

A graveside memorial service will be held at noon Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, with the Rev. Dr. Stephen DeFor officiating. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

Austin Daily Herald
April 10, 2013

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Rena Theresa (Miller) Lickteig

1918-2013

#1:

Rena Lickteig, 95, of Austin, Minnesota, died Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Sacred Heart Care Center in Austin.

She was born Rena Theresa Miller on March 11, 1918, on the family farm near Red Oak Grove, Minnesota, to Lewis C. and Mary Boe Miller. She was the fifth of nine children. Rena attended country school until age 12, when the family moved to Austin, where she attended Austin High School. On July 11, 1938, Rena married George Lickteig at St. Augustine Catholic Church. They had three daughters: Connie, Nancy and Mary Ann.

Rena was a wonderful wife, mother and Grandma. She leaves behind countless special memories for each of us, whose lives she touched. Someone in heaven is going to get some good lemon pie. She was the best! Rest in peace, dear one.

Rena was preceded in death by her husband George in 1999; her parents; sisters, Myrtle (S.E) Nygaard, Cora Miller and Dorothy (Roger) Matter; brothers, Leon Miller, Orris (Catherine) Miller, Ervin (Ruth) Miller and Donald Miller; one half-brother; and four half-sisters.

She is survived by daughters, Connie (Gary) Babcock of Mission Viejo, Calif., Nancy (Burt) Towne of Austin, Mary Ann (Ron) Lueders of Austin; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law Betty and Buzz Hacker; sisters-in-law Rita Lickteig, Tommie Farnsworth, Marion Lickteig, Myrt Teasdahl, Viola Miller and many loving nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the caring staff of Sacred Heart Care Center for their kindness to our Mom and family over the past few years. We are so grateful.

A funeral Mass for Rena Lickteig will be celebrated at St. Augustine Catholic Church at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 12, 2013. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Austin. Mayer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left for the family at www.mayerfh.com.

Austin Daily Herald
April 10, 2013


#2:

Funeral Notice: Rena Lickteig, 95, Austin

Rena Lickteig, 95, of Austin, Minn., died Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Sacred Heart Care Center in Austin.

Service: A funeral Mass for Rena Lickteig will be celebrated at St. Augustine Catholic Church at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 12, 2013.

Visitation: Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church.

Interment: Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Austin.

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.mayerfh.com.

Austin Daily Herald
April 11, 2013

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Richard Duane "Dick" Chaffee

1943-2013

#1:

Funeral notice: Richard D. "Dick" Chaffee, 70

Richard D. "Dick" Chaffee, 70, of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin.

Service: A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Jim Steffes officiating.

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday at Mayer Funeral Home and also one hour before the service at the church on Saturday.

Interment: Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post No. 91.

Austin Daily Herald
April 11, 2013


#2:

Richard Duane Chaffee

January 22, 1943 - April 9, 2013

Richard "Dick" Chaffee, age 70, passed away.

Obituary for Richard Duane Chaffee

Richard "Dick" Chaffee, age 70, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin emergency room.

Dick was born in Austin, Minnesota on January 22, 1943 to Evelyn Marie (Peterson) Chaffee and Dorwin John Chaffee. He attended schools in Austin and graduated from Austin High School in 1961. Dick enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged. On January 21, 1967, he was united in marriage to Colette Frisk at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Austin. They recently celebrated 46 years of marriage. He worked for Sears and later at Hormel. Dick graduated from Mankato State University and soon after started his own marketing company.

He was on the Austin City Council for eight years, serving as Council at Large for several of those years. He was a 47 year member of the Austin Country Club, as well as the Eagles and the Moose, and looked forward to the Friday "Choir Practice" with friends and Saturday "Board Meeting." He also belonged to several business organizations over the years.

Dick was diagnosed in 2010 with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (scarring of the lungs and "no," he did not smoke) and despite having to use oxygen most of the time, he continued to golf and do as much as he possibly could with his family and friends. Although many days were a real struggle, he seldom complained. Dick had been confined to his home the past three months.

Survivors include his loving wife, Colette, Austin, Minnesota; son, Rodney (Jenny) and grandchildren, Wyatte and Allison Chaffee, Fridley, Minnesota; aunt, Dolores Judd, Austin, Minnesota; mother-in-law, Kathleen Frisk, Austin, Minnesota; sisters-in-law, Mary (Doug) Evans, Albert Lea, Minnesota, Juliana Frisk, Eagle Lake, Minnesota; brothers-in-law, Michael (Linda) Frisk, Albert Lea, Minnesota, Thomas (Bonnie) Frisk, Mankato, Minnesota, John Frisk, New Ulm, Minnesota, Joseph Frisk, Austin, Minnesota; many cousins; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his step father, Donald Trenary.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 am on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Jim Steffes officiating. Friends may call from 4-7 pm on Friday at Mayer Funeral Home and also one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #91.

Condolences may be left online at www.mayerfh.com.

Cemetery Details--

Calvary Cemetery 4th Drive SW Austin, MN, 55912 (507) 433-1707

Mayer Funeral Home website
April 11, 2013

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Clara Mae (Plevka) Johnson

1920-2013

Clara Mae (Plevka) Johnson, age 92, of Rochelle, Minnesota, passed away April 10, 2013, at Rochelle Rehab and Health Care.

Clara was born on May 28, 1920, to the late Edward and Mary (Kusy) Plevka in Hayward Township, Minnesota. She graduated from Austin High School and Normal Teaching College. Clara taught school in southern Minnesota for three years. She was united in marriage to Woodrow Johnson on June 14, 1942, at Hayward Lutheran Church, Hayward, Minnesota. Clara worked as a Teachers Aide for Rochelle and Creston Schools for several years, she also worked at Stoneís Hallmark as a clerk until her retirement.

She is survived by her children Gregg (Betty) Johnson of Lyle, Minnesota, Lois (Howard) Smith of Ault, Colorado, Bonnie (Joe) Wright of Evanston, Wyoming, Gloria (Tim) Tyler of Waterman, Illinois, and Jeannie (Jon) Rohr of Ashton, Illinois; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Woodrow, daughter Marie McIntyre, brother Joseph Plevka and granddaughter Annette Maggard.

Services will be held Monday, April 15, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church Flagg Road, Rochelle, Illinois. The Rev. Chris Heller officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Graveside service will take place Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at 3 p.m. at the Hayward Cemetery in Hayward, Minnesota.

Memorials maybe directed to the Faith Lutheran Church or Serenity Hospice Oregon. All arrangements were entrusted to the Beverage-Lyons Family Funeral Homes Rochelle, Illinois.

Austin Daily Herald
April 12, 2013

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Ellen Radloff Fisch

1975-2013

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Pending notice: Ellen Radloff Fisch, 38, Austin

Ellen Radloff Fisch, 38, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at her home in Austin. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 15 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be held one hour before the service.

Austin Daily Herald
April 12, 2013


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Ellen Radloff Fisch, 38, passed away peacefully at her home in Austin, Minnesota, on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. She lived courageously with brain cancer for 3 1/2 years, showing all of the people around her how to live graciously in spite of a terminal prognosis.

Ellen was born in Rochester, Minnesota, on February 26, 1975. She was the middle child born to Fred and Millie (Munro) Radloff, with an older brother, James, and a younger sister, Mary Ann. Ellen's father was a farmer in the Lyle area and later a deputy sheriff in Mower County. Her mother is a retired teacher who worked in the Austin Public School system for 32 years. Ellen was a creative, loving child who was an avid reader. She played piano and violin and was very artistic. She had many friends, was easy to love and was a character! She loved working, family gatherings, couponing, shopping, gardening, pickling, scrapbooking, having parties, summery days at her cabin and being with friends.

Early on, she became a personal caregiver, and the two women she was blessed to work for appreciated her and greatly influenced her. Ellen then worked for the Minneapolis Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press delivering early morning papers every day for a number of years. During this time, she also earned her AA degree from Riverland. In 2006, she became the independent contractor for the Tribune, being responsible for hiring personnel and making sure the papers were brought down from the Cities every night and delivered. She kept this job until her poor health in August 2012 forced her to retire. Ellen was a hard worker and a person who showed great appreciation and concern for her employees and customers.

Those of us who love Ellen take comfort in focusing on the gifts that leave their mark on the lives she touched. Her life was a story of rebirth, a life turned around. It taught us that our God loves us unconditionally and with each new day gives us a chance to start over. Her earthly journey was lived with a strong and undaunted spirit. She moved forward each day without wavering, without complaining, without feeling sorry for herself.

Her life was hemmed with thankfulness for the love she received from her family and friends. Photographs of important moments of her life were thoughtfully and loving put into scrapbooks by her so that her young children will have a journal of the life of their mom, who died before she had a chance to watch them grow up. She gave us her three beautiful children: Ren, Russell and Brooke. She loved her church family, the good people of Westminster Presbyterian. Ellen was married to Richard Fisch and together they had two children: Russell James Fisch, 8, and Brooke Elizabeth Fisch, 4.

How we face our finality, in many ways, is our last gift to our families. We thank Ellen for showing us such grace at the end. As her health deteriorated in the past couple of months, she maintained a gentle, loving and caring attitude. As we grieve her loss, we rejoice in the fact that she has made that final journey and is reunited with those who have gone before her. We praise God for her life and cherish the beautiful memories imprinted on our hearts.

Ellen is survived by her husband, Richard Fisch; children, Russell Fisch, Brooke Fisch and Ren Hubbard; mother, Millie Masse; stepfather, Philip Masse; brother James (Miranda); sister, Mary Ann Munro; stepbrothers, Mike Masse, Paul Masse; stepsisters Joelle VanWier and Kathy Many; beloved aunts and uncles, cousins and nephews. Ellen was preceded in death by her father, Fred Radloff; uncle, Bob Radloff; and grandparents Betty and Neil Munro and Fred and Ella Radloff.

Austin Daily Herald - April 19, 2013


Ellen Radloff Fisch, 38

Ellen Radloff Fisch, 38, passed away peacefully at her home in Austin, Minnesota, on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. She lived courageously with brain cancer for 3 1/2 years, showing all of the people around her how to live graciously in spite of a terminal prognosis.

Ellen was born in Rochester, Minnesota, on February 26, 1975. She was the middle child born to Fred and Millie (Munro) Radloff, with an older brother, James, and a younger sister, Mary Ann. Ellen's father was a farmer in the Lyle area and later a deputy sheriff in Mower County. Her mother is a retired teacher who worked in the Austin Public School system for 32 years. Ellen was a creative, loving child who was an avid reader. She played piano and violin and was very artistic. She had many friends, was easy to love and was a character! She loved working, family gatherings, couponing, shopping, gardening, pickling, scrapbooking, having parties, summery days at her cabin and being with friends.

Early on, she became a personal caregiver, and the two women she was blessed to work for appreciated her and greatly influenced her. Ellen then worked for the Minneapolis Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press delivering early morning papers every day for a number of years. During this time, she also earned her AA degree from Riverland. In 2006, she became the independent contractor for the Tribune, being responsible for hiring personnel and making sure the papers were brought down from the Cities every night and delivered. She kept this job until her poor health in August 2012 forced her to retire. Ellen was a hard worker and a person who showed great appreciation and concern for her employees and customers.

Those of us who love Ellen take comfort in focusing on the gifts that leave their mark on the lives she touched. Her life was a story of rebirth, a life turned around. It taught us that our God loves us unconditionally and with each new day gives us a chance to start over. Her earthly journey was lived with a strong and undaunted spirit. She moved forward each day without wavering, without complaining, without feeling sorry for herself. Her life was hemmed with thankfulness for the love she received from her family and friends. Photographs of important moments of her life were thoughtfully and loving put into scrapbooks by her so that her young children will have a journal of the life of their mom, who died before she had a chance to watch them grow up. She gave us her three beautiful children: Ren, Russell and Brooke. She loved her church family, the good people of Westminster Presbyterian. Ellen was married to Richard Fisch and together they had two children: Russell James Fisch, 8, and Brooke Elizabeth Fisch, 4.

How we face our finality, in many ways, is our last gift to our families. We thank Ellen for showing us such grace at the end. As her health deteriorated in the past couple of months, she maintained a gentle, loving and caring attitude. As we grieve her loss, we rejoice in the fact that she has made that final journey and is reunited with those who have gone before her. We praise God for her life and cherish the beautiful memories imprinted on our hearts.

Ellen is survived by her husband, Richard Fisch; children, Russell Fisch, Brooke Fisch and Ren Hubbard; mother, Millie Masse; stepfather, Philip Masse; brother James (Miranda); sister, Mary Ann Munro; stepbrothers, Mike Masse, Paul Masse; stepsisters Joelle VanWier and Kathy Many; beloved aunts and uncles, cousins and nephews. Ellen was preceded in death by her father, Fred Radloff; uncle, Bob Radloff; and grandparents Betty and Neil Munro and Fred and Ella Radloff.

Austin Daily Herald - April 20, 2013

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Arleen Frances (Lagervall) Nelson

1924-2013

Arleen Frances Nelson, 88, passed away on April 9, 2013, surrounded by her family.

She was born on June 7, 1924, in Renova, Minnesota, to Royal and Ida Cross Lagervall. Arleen grew up in Elkton, Minn. She graduated from Elkton High School in 1942. After high school, she earned a certificate in cosmetology and also worked for Twin City Federal. During World War II, she worked in the defense plant.

Arleen met Erling (Bud) Nelson on the dance floor of the Terp Ballroom and they married in 1955 in Osage, Iowa. They lived in several states before settling in Jefferson, Iowa, where they owned and operated the 4-N Drive Inn until they retired. Arleen was a member of First United Methodist Church. She was active in veteranís organizations and served as the Iowa State DAV Auxiliary Commander. Her free time activities included traveling, bridge and visiting family.

Arleen was preceded in death by her son Brad, and by her parents, brother Don, sister Babe and great-granddaughter Isabel.

Arleen is survived by her spouse, Erling, of Jefferson, Iowa; her daughters, Paula (Gary) Rabine and Rande (David) Garnett, both of St. Louis Park, Minnesota; her sister Yvonne (Nels) Lee of Blooming Prarie, Minnesota; her grandchildren Abigail, Samantha, Alexander, Matthew, Brigitte, Joanna, Jon and Meri; her great-grandchildren Olivia, Blake, Gavin and Kevin; and her nieces and nephews and other relatives.

A funeral service will be held at Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapel, 7625 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, Minn., at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, with Pastor Skip Reeves officiating. Visitation will be held at 1 p.m., preceding the service. Condolences may be sent to the house or left on Arleen's online guest book at www.washburn-mcreavy.com/obituaries/Arleen-Nelson.

Austin Daily Herald
April 13, 2013

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Ruth Isabelle (Cox) Block

1914-2013

Ruth Isabelle Block, 98, of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday April 9, 2013, at Stewartville Care Center.

She was born July 29, 1914, in Estherville, Iowa, to George and Felicite Cox. She grew up in Hollandale, Minn., where her parents were farmers. She married Willard (Bob) Block June 5, 1934, and moved to Austin.

The couple raised their family in Austin with the exception of a three-year period when they lived in Binghamton, N.Y., during World War II. After Bob's retirement from Hormel Foods, they moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas, and then returned to Austin. Ruth was married to Bob for 77 years until he died in 2011.

Ruth was a homemaker who enjoyed taking care of her family. She was an active church member and at one time served as president of the St. Jane's unit of St. Augustine Church.

She was an avid cook and enjoyed using the fruits of her husband's garden for cooking and canning. She had many talents, including pottery making, needlepoint and crocheting. In her late years, she crocheted more than 3000 baby caps that were donated to the hospital nursery.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in law Janice and Ken Regner, Fort Myers, Florida; sons and daughters-in-law, Roger and Jeannine, Stewartville, Minnesota; Doug and Kathy, South St. Paul; and son Ron in Austin. Also, 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bob, four brothers and four sisters.

The family celebrated her life with a private family service on Saturday at Mayer Funeral Home with Father Steffes of St Augustine Church officiating. Interment was held at Calvary Cemetery. Condolences may be left online at www.mayerfh.com.

Austin Daily Herald
April 13, 2013

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Sharon Ann (O'Marro) Blake

1942-2013

Sharon Ann (O'Marro) Blake, 70, of St. Ansgar, Iowa, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died on April 10, 2013, in Rochester, Minnesota.

Sharon was born on July 14, 1942, the daughter of John and Adeline (Boss) O'Marro in Austin. She was very proud of playing the flute in the Austin High School band and worked at Hormel prior to her marriage. She married Walter Blake on June 10, 1967. They farmed near Stacyville until 1990 when they moved to St. Ansgar. They recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary in June of last year. Prior to that, they experienced the marriage of their youngest daughter at sea aboard the Celebrity Eclipse, which toured the Caribbean in February last year. This past January, she was gifted with the birth of her sixth grandchild, Silas Courtney Reese, son of Shane And Susan (Blake) Reese.

Sharon enjoyed reading, watching Fox Cable News, crossword puzzles, jig-saw puzzles, computer solitaire and spending time with her friends, "the Grannies" at the Fourth Street Cafe. She was an interested amateur genealogist and would often enjoy taking trips with her sister, Barb, to South Dakota to investigate their O'Marro and Boss family history.

While Sharon's children were young, she volunteered her time at the Visitation Grade School and as a Sunday School teacher. She also worked at the Stacyville Nursing Home for many years, and at the Food Center in St. Ansgar before her retirement in 2005.

Sharon was a member of the Visitation Catholic Church, Stacyville, and was active in regular Bible study with the St. Isidore Catholic Community's women's group. In more recent years, she enjoyed traveling and spending time with her grandchildren never missing an opportunity to stop at an unfamiliar antique store with husband in tow.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, John Walter Blake as well as a sister and brother, Barbara Kath and Lanny O'Marro; sister in law, Germaine Blake; niece Nicole Kath; uncle and aunt Kent and Judy Keyser and cousin Judy Keyser.

Sharon is survived by her husband, Walter; sons Dennis Blake, Raymond Blake; daughters Cynthia (Greg) Yokanovich, Linda (Luis) Lampon and Susan (Shane) Reese; she was a proud grandmother of six, including Enrique, Catherine, Ileana, Spencer, Evelyn and Silas; brothers-in-law, Dave Kath, Willard Blake, Don and Jean Blake, Chuck and Myrna Blake, Roger and Betty Blake, Glenn and Pat Blake; Blake nieces and nephews, Debra, Diane, Mark, Sandra, Sharon, Mary Beth, Dave, Craig, Connie, Russell, Becky, Vicki, Jeff, Deena and Rodney; O'Marro nieces and nephews, Laura, Lana, Tammy, Jeff, Jamie and Perrin.

Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, April 15, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Visitation Catholic Church, Stacyville, Iowa, with Msgr. John Hemann officiating. Burial will be in the Visitation Cemetery, Stacyville. Visitation is scheduled for Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Visitation Catholic Church, with a Rosary at 4 p.m. and a Scripture Service at 7:30 p.m. Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home of St. Ansgar is in charge of arrangements, www.schroederandsites.com.

Austin Daily Herald
April 13, 2013

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Arthur Walter McAlister

1910-1987

Arthur Walter McAlister was born March 20, 1910 in Chatfield, Minnesota, the son of Charles and Mary Brown McAlister. The family moved to Stewartville, Minnesota, where he attended school and resided until moving to Austin, Minnesota, where he made his home for 50 years. The past 4 Ĺ years he resided at Bethany Samaritan Heights, Rochester, Minn.

His marriage to Verliene Shoden took place on August 11, 1934, in Rochester. Mr. McAlister was a member of the Minnesota State Guard and had served as commander of the Austin Civil Air Patrol. He was an elder in the Church of Christ.

Mr. McAlister died in the early morning November 12, 1987 at Bethany Samaritan Heights.

Surviving are sons, Paul McAlister, Rochester; Wayne McAlister, Mesa, Arizona; daughter Joanne Hemmer, Rochester; brothers, Guy and R. "Bill" McAlister, Austin; sister, Eleanor Erickson, Austin; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one sister, two brothers, one grandson.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, November 16, 1987 at Northwest Church of Christ, Stephen DeFor and Tracey Chamberlain officiating. Isaac Williams was soloist and Ruth Picker organist. Interment was in Grandview Memorial Gardens with pallbearers Walter Stevens, Donald Barnes, Brian McAlister, James Erickson, Lawrence McAlister, Robert McAlister.

Worlein Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Gary Dale Clawson

1940-2013

Gary Dale Clawson, 72, passed away April 11, 2013.

Gary was born on September 22, 1940, to Allen and Mildred (Bertilson) Clawson. He graduated from Austin High School and attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. He then enlisted in the United States Navy and was stationed in San Diego, California.

Gary learned auto repair and developed a lifelong love of vintage cars as a child, working with his grandfather and uncles at Bertilson's Garage on Austinís East Side. He went on to work as a service manager for several Chevrolet Dealerships throughout his life.

In 1964, Gary married Margaret Enderson of Albert Lea, Minnesota. They lived in Spring Valley, California, with their two daughters until 1978, when they returned to Austin to live. They divorced in 1981.

Gary and Barbara Jean Brower of Austin were married in 1982. They made their home in Boulevard, California, until 1998 when they returned to Austin in order to live closer to their children and grandchildren.

Gary was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous in Austin and California. He shared his 36 years of sobriety and his story with many others, in order to provide help and support. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Gary is survived by his wife, Barbara Jean; his daughter, Jo Anne (Clawson) Hunter, Austin; his daughter and son-in law, D.J. and Julie (Clawson) Petersen, Austin; step-children Marcia Fanton, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Karen and Jim Schmitz, Minnetonka, Minn.; Jeff and Marlene Fanton, Coon Rapids, Minnesota; Alyssa and Robert Mentel, Austin; William M. Fanton, Rochester, Minnesota; grandchildren, Olivia Hunter and Jericho Wells, Conor, Aubrey and Maia Petersen; Peggy and Chris Bittner, Tammy and Dana Fanton Jr.; Kari and Jon George, Kelsey Pugh, Erin Swerka, Anthony Swerka, Heather Blackwell, Luke, Elizabeth and Paul Frank Jr.; Travis Wytaske, Taylor Wytaske, Joey Mentel, Shelby Fanton and Collin Fanton. He is also survived by 20 great-grandchildren.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents and step-son Dana Fanton. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 at the Austin Alano Club, 1504 10th Drive SE, Austin.

Austin Daily Herald
April 15, 2013

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Norma Jean (Richardson) Fretty

1932-2013

Norma J. Fretty, 80, Grand Meadow

Norma J. Fretty, 80, of Grand Meadow, Minnesota, died unexpectedly following a brief illness at the St. Marys Emergency Room in Rochester, Minnesota, on Saturday April 13, 2013.

Norma Jean Fretty was born October 25, 1932, in Grand Meadow to Hervey Richardson and Aida (Shaw) Richardson. She attended Grand Meadow High School graduating in 1950. Following graduation, she was united in marriage to Kenneth Fretty on September 2, 1952, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rural Dexter, Minnesota. Norma worked outside the home at various jobs throughout the years but her main job and love was caring for her family and watching all of her grandchildren at one time or another. Norma also enjoyed knitting, crocheting and watching her family members participate in school sporting activities. She was a member of the local card club and also the Grand Meadow Lutheran Church.

Norma is survived by one son, Eugene (Vicki) Fretty of Grand Meadow; three daughters, Connie Kielsmeier, Sheila (Kevin) Fretty and Lori (Tim) Larson all of Grand Meadow; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, one brother; Don (Gloria) Richardson of Brownsdale, Minnesota; and one sister, Darlene (Dick) Steinhorst of Grand Meadow. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Kenny in November 2008 and two brothers LaVerne and Fred.

Memorial services for Norma will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at the Grand Meadow Lutheran Church with the Rev. Jim Scaife officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday April 16, 2013, also at the Church. Burial will be in the Grand Meadow Cemetery. Condolences may be left at www.Hindtfuneralhomes.com.

Austin Daily Herald
April 15, 2013

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Clayton Ray "Spike" Barnett

1926-2013

Clayton "Spike" Ray Barnett, 86, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully early Saturday morning, surrounded by his family, at Mayo Health Systems Austin.

Clayton was born on July 13, 1926, in Bradley, South Dakota, to Oscar and Cetha (Wyant) Barnett. Clayton graduated from Austin High School in 1944. He soon joined the Navy and married Sylvia Hall on Sept. 4, 1944. To this union, three children were born. Clayton was a fireman for the Austin Fire Department for 26 years. He was a member at Fellowship United Methodist Church. Spike was very athletic, an avid golfer and enjoyed being the coach of Club League Baseball. His other hobbies included carpentry, gardening, gardening, square dancing and being an Arizona Winter Snow Bird.

Survivors include his three children, Priscilla Armstrong of Chaska, Terry (Dianne) Barnett of Austin and Coleen (Mark) Altnow of Apple Valley; seven grandchildren, Chadd, Nicole, Tatum, Tyler, John, David and James; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Don (Cleo) Barnett of Austin; special friend, Mary Jo Rasmussen of S.C.; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Spike was preceded in death by his wife Sylvia, his parents, eleven brothers and sisters.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 19, 2013, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin with Todd Portinga AIM, and Pastor Ron Barnett officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at the Worlein Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be held at a later date. Memorials are preferred to the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

Austin Daily Herald
April 15, 2013

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LaVerne Dale Ingvalson

c1929-2013

LaVerne Dale Ingvalson, 83, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on April 12, 2013, from complications of Parkinsonís disease.

Vern was born at home on the farm to Nels and Levena Ingvalson. He was baptized, confirmed and married at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church in rural Blooming Prairie, where he met his soul mate Marlene. The two were married for 60 years. He enlisted in the Air Force and graduated from the University of Minnesota.

He went on to teach agriculture, work for Minnesota Power and Light, and finish his career at Minnesota Farm Bureau as a Lobbyist. Together they had three children, Debra (Mark) Hurrle, Scott, Robyn (Jim) Tretter; six grandchildren, Adam (Nicole), Eric, Brian, Jacob (Olivia) Andy and Danielle; and three great-grandkids, Alex, Ashleigh and Sierra. Vern was committed to his Christian faith and showed it everyday in how he lived his life.

A special thank you to Lakeview Home Health Care & Hospice. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. at Woodbury Lutheran Church, 7380 Afton Road, Woodbury with visitation one hour prior. www.wulffwoodburyfuneralhome.com

Austin Daily Herald - April 16, 2013

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Elaine J. Pappas

1930-2013

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Funeral notice: Elaine J. Pappas, 83, Austin

Elaine J. Pappas, 83, of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday, April 13, 2013, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 19 at Christ Episcopal Church with the Rev. Catherine Lemons officiating.

Visitation will be on Thursday at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary from 5 to 7 p.m. and at the church on Friday morning for one hour before the service.

Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to Christ Episcopal Church.

Austin Daily Herald - April 16, 2013


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Elaine June Pappas

(February 4, 1930 - April 13, 2013)

Elaine J. Pappas, 83 of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday April 13th, 2013 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

Elaine is survived by sisters, Rose Pappas, Austin, Minnesota, Marea Pappas, Austin, Minnesota, Cousins and special friend Margaret Owens, Austin, Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Marie Pappas and sister Angela Pappas.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Friday April 19th at Christ Episcopal Church with the Reverend Catherine Lemons officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary from 5:00 to 7:00 PM and at the church on Friday morning for one hour before the service. Memorials may be directed to Christ Episcopal Church.

Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home website
April 16, 2013


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Elaine J. Pappas, 83, Austin

Elaine J. Pappas, 83, of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday, April 13, 2013, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

Elaine is survived by sisters, Rose Pappas, Austin, and Marea Pappas, Austin; cousins; and special friend Margaret Owens, Austin. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Marie Pappas; and sister, Angela Pappas.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 19 at Christ Episcopal Church with the Rev. Catherine Lemons officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary from 5 to 7 p.m. and at the church on Friday morning for one hour before the service. Memorials may be directed to Christ Episcopal Church.

Austin Daily Herald - April 17, 2013

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